As I used to be a runner this post is not about advocating walking over running. I used to love to run and while most of my miles are now acquired walking I still miss the feeling I had when I was done running. Yes the key statement is I used to be a runner, and now I’m perfectly happy walking 3 miles instead of running. Maybe it is age, maybe it is just bad knees and a bad back, but running takes a toll on my body. The problem is there is no substitute for getting outside in the fresh air and enjoying the weather good or bad. For all you hard-core runners who think walking is not much of a workout, I can totally understand, but let me at least state some of the benefits:
- If you walk long enough you can get a pretty decent workout
- Because you are not killing yourself you can take time to think while you are taking your walk
- It takes the average person about an hour to walk 3 miles, so you get to enjoy the outdoors and get some fresh air
- It strengthens your legs and back
- You typically don’t experience any soreness or pain
- It burns calories commensurate with distance and pace
- And while you don’t get a big release of endorphin’s like running provides, you do feel better both during and after the walk
I’m sure I could come up with a few other reasons why walking is a good thing, but this should suffice for most of us. While I decided that about a year ago running wasn’t a good option for me anymore, I found that walking provided some of the same benefits and a few unique ones. Oh and by the way running shoes are also great for walking.
Now go get your walk on.